launch Rat & Boa as part of the latest series of ‘The Innovators’

MATCHESFASHION.COM has announced that Rat & Boa will be the first brand to launch as part of the latest series of The Innovators programme. Now in its fifth season, The Innovators programme was launched to support and champion creative design talent and brands who sit outside the traditional fashion calendar.

The latest iteration welcomes brands who have built their businesses via the direct-to-consumer model.

“The Innovators has always been about championing pioneering creatives, which encompasses not only design but innovative business models too. We are absolutely thrilled to be launching Rat & Boa exclusively as their only partner. The brand has a strong DNA and loyal customer base, having only worked direct to consumer for so many years they have created an impressive business and we are very excited to introduce Valentina and Stephanie‟s unique point of view to our global customer, who we know will become instant fans.” – Natalie Kingham, Fashion Buying Director, MATCHESFASHION.COM

The Nirvana collection was inspired by a recent trip to Brazil where Valentina and Stephanie were influenced by the vivacity and colour of the country, and the power and sensuality of the women. The exclusive collection includes staple Rat & Boa silhouettes crafted in exclusive prints, alongside exciting new designs such as the Selena, Liberty, Ariel and Juniper.

“Having been approached numerous times to wholesale our designs, and having built such a personal – direct to consumer brand, with a unique business model, it was extremely important for us to collaborate with a retailer partner that we felt could both respect and grow our brand. We were drawn to the ethos and knowledge of Natalie and her team at MATCHESFASHION; led by strong, bold and inspirational women; working together to ensure that we retain our USP and brand identity.” – Stephanie Bennett, Co-Founder, Rat & Boa

“For us to have found an external platform outside of to represent our brand is a new and exciting adventure for Rat & Boa, and the team at MATCHESFASHION have been nothing but supportive. To be alongside such an incredible curation of brands that we love, respect and look up to is a huge honour.” – Stephanie Bennett, Co-Founder, Rat & Boa

Ashley Hart stars in new In Full Colour campaign launch for Bras N Things

Brighten your look with vibrant tones and splashes of on trend animal print with the new In Full Colour collection from Bras N Things. Ashley Hart is the face of the In Full Colour campaign.

Embrace your wild side with animal print lace. The rich raspberry animal pattern lace and luxurious black satin of the Dolce Animal set is a stunning combination. Available in the push up bra up to a 14 DD cup or the full cup style up to a H cup. Pair with a mini-v or Brazilian to complete the set. Stand out in the Panther range with cheetah print lace on contrasting lining with satin bindings. Available in a push up bra up to a size 14 DD cup or the full cup style to a G cup. Complete the look with a matching Brazilian or mini-v.

Black lace with blue foil florals makes the Madison range a must have this season. Choose the push up bra with matching Brazilian or stunning bodysuit with plunging front. The bodysuit features gorgeous criss-cross strapping details across the back, ideal for showing off with a backless dress.

The Sienna set will brighten any winter’s day. Boho-inspired this set is available in a gorgeous cornflower blue colourway, with delicate lace details and elastic strapping feature across the front. The bra is available to a size 14 E cup.  Pair with matching Brazilian to complete the set.

Embrace summer vibes with the tropical floral wrap and stunning gold colourway of the Marigold sleepwear range. The cami and shorts feature delicate lace trim detail along the side of the super soft satin fabric. Or choose the best-selling liquid satin PJ set in gorgeous teal with white piping detail.

Bras N Things’ GM of Product, Francesca Anderson said: “This collection is bright, bold and vibrant – the perfect pick-me-up as winter really sets in. Featuring on trend animal print lace, statement back strap details on bras and bodysuits, and our customer’s favourite super soft satin sleepwear in all new colourways, this is a collection that has something for every woman.”

Bras N Things’ National Marketing Manager, Natalie Chalmers said: “The campaign embodies the fun, splashes of colour and carefree vibes of a tropical paradise. Bras N Things has a great range of fashion pieces that are ideal for a layered look or to bring an outfit to life with a pop of colour or hint of lace. The gorgeous Ashely Hart brings this collection to life with her unquestionable confidence and vitality and it was wonderful to work with her on this campaign.”

Source: Bras N Things

Karen Gee signs with David Jones following a stellar year

 Luxury womenswear brand Karen Gee has joined leading department store David Jones. 

The exclusive department store arrangement will see the brand launch a range of pieces from the new collection into selected David Jones stores across the country. 

“We’re very excited about this next step for the Karen Gee brand following a stellar 2018 and proud to be joining Australia’s leading department store David Jones,” says Founder and Creative Director Karen Gee.

“David Jones is the perfect fit for us and our corporate clientele, which continues to grow.”

The Karen Gee brand, which was founded in 2013, has become renowned for its signature silhouette, flattering cuts and versatile pieces that contour the body.

The label’s hand-crafted garments have filled a gap in the Australian luxury retail marketplace, allowing customers to customise their look with colour choices and a range of bespoke Karen Gee design options to suit their requirements and taste.

“My primary focus has always been on style and helping women feel comfortable and confident. Each Karen Gee design gives the perfect fit. We celebrate and champion all women, regardless of shape or size,” adds Karen.

Founded on core values – simplicity, elegance and timelessness – the Karen Gee brand has quickly developed a strong and loyal following, worn by celebrities including Georgie Gardner, Samantha Armytage, Melissa Doyle, Erin Molan, Lisa Wilkinson, Peta Credlin and Shelley Craft.

The brand received international acclaim in October 2018 when the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, stepped out in the Karen Gee ‘Blessed’ shift dress for her first public appearance in Australia at Admiralty House.

Source: Karen Gee

2019 Good Design Award Winners Announced

The winners of Australia’s 61st design industry awards have been announced at the Star.

The coveted top award, the Good Design Award of the Year was awarded to the revolutionary Inventia Rastrum 3D Bioprinter that is helping to cure cancer, with the inaugural Women in Design Award going to Sharon Gauci, the Executive Director of Industrial Design at General Motors, the first Australian woman to hold this position.

The Good Design Award for Sustainability was awarded to RangerBot, an underwater robot that is helping save the Great Barrier Reef.

The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market and reward emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social impact and sustainability. The 2019 Awards attracted a record number of submissions with nearly 700 projects evaluated spanning 10 design disciplines including communication, digital, fashion, product, service, strategy, engineering. architecture and social impact.

Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia commented that, “The Australian Good Design Award winners this year are an inspiring representation of the future. At the heart of all the winning projects is a problem (big or small) that was solved through clever, considered and meaningful design that will have a positive impact on our lives and our planet.”

The Good Design Award of the Year was awarded to Inventia Rastrum 3D Bioprinter, designed in Australia by Inventia Life Science and Design+Industry. The 3D Bioprinter is helping to cure cancer by building 3D cell structures which are then used to test a range of therapies. The impact of this on patient experience is potentially life changing.

The Rastrum builds the cell structure using advanced microfluidics, creating a more accurate structure to test immunotherapies on. The speed of delivering 3D cell models means researchers can conduct significantly more experiments, screen thousands of treatment drugs and effectively turbo-charging their research into cancer treatment. It has the potential to revolutionise biomedical research and to print tissues, skin and organs in the future.
How incredibly clever!

The inaugural Women in Design Award attracted more than 60 nominations, with an international jury panel of esteemed experts awarding the accolade to Sharon Gauci from General Motors.

Ms Gauci was appointed to Executive Director, Industrial Design at General Motors in January 2018 and is responsible for leading a creative team of over 180 people in many of GM’s studios across the globe including North America, Australia, Korea, Brazil and China. The Women in Design Award was established this year in response to the significant gender imbalance within leadership roles in the design and creative industry, and to recognise and celebrate women who have made significant contributions to the industry.

Celebrating its tenth year in recognising the highest level of sustainable design practice, the Good Design Award for Sustainability went to RangerBot, designed by QUT and Designworks and commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. RangerBot is the world’s first vision-based underwater robotic system designed specifically for coral reef environments.

It empowers reef managers, researchers and community groups with intuitive, customisable and affordable robotic tools to upscale underwater monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef, control marine pests like Crown-of-Thorns Starfish and monitor and map reef health indicators like coral bleaching and water quality.

The Next Gen category was awarded to Gekko Trax AnyTerrain, invented by wheelchair user Huy Nguyen, 34, and Ryan Tilley, 22, who spent two years developing the lightweight, packable wheelchair tracks. The over-tyre fits around the standard on-road 24″ wheels of a wheelchair and adapts them to navigate sand, soft grass, snow and other soft, off-road terrains.

In the three Architectural Design categories, Best Commercial and Residential Design went to Mirvac for Harold Park in Glebe, Sydney, a project which incorporates seven innovative new residential buildings, anchored by adaptive reuse of the heritage tram depot and integrated with 3.8 hectares of new public parkland.

Best Interior Design went to HCD IMPRESS for Shenzhen iCarbonX Lecture Hall in China and Best Urban Design to Turf Design Studio for Central Park Public Domain, in Chippendale.


In the Product Design category, Best Furniture and Lighting went to Sway by Nick Rennie and Made by Pen, a floor lamp which is not tethered to any power cable or outlet and is completely free to move about.

Best Domestic Appliance was awarded to Electrolux Kitchen Range and Best Consumer Electronics to Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor, a miniature pulse oximeter that wraps around a sleeping baby’s foot and wirelessly monitors a baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels. Best Automotive and Transport went to Hyundai’s Kona Electric, Australia’s first 100% electric small SUV.

Communication Design winner was Sans Forgetica, a new free typeface that helps improve our memory. Commissioned by RMIT University and designed using principles of psychology to improve retention of written information, it is believed to be the world’s first typeface created using psychological and design theories in order to help memory retention, breaking enough conventions and engaging the reader into remembering the textual content.

Other notable accolades include the Fashion Impact award won by G-Star Raw’s Most Sustainable Jeans and the Indigenous Designer Award won by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Career Pathways Service. The Good Design Team of the Year was awarded to the Caroma Design Team led by Dr. Steve Cummings and the Australian Design Prize was awarded to Professor Mark Armstrong who helped design the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Torch.

Source: Good Design Awards

Dora And The Lost City Of Gold New Trailer lands

Dora is going on her biggest adventure yet! Swing into the brand new trailer & poster for DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, in cinemas SEPTEMBER 12.

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.